Passing the baton requires peculiar process, Buffalo News

A peculiar drama is unfolding at Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is auditioning aspiring associate conductors.

On the one hand, the job could be seen as a stepping stone. Matthew Kraemer, who is leaving at the end of June, was appointed in 2009 to succeed Robert Franz, who is now music director of the Boise Philharmonic. Franz’s predecessor here in Buffalo was Ron Spigelman, now music director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

At the same time, the position is very visible. Kraemer has shared the stage with celebrities including Wynonna Judd, the Four Tops and Chris Botti.

The associate conductor presides over classics concerts when JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director, is out of town.

He or she also conducts children’s concerts. And until a pops conductor is appointed, pops concerts are also the associate conductor’s domain. Read more.